Shivangini Gohain, the 12-year old archer from Assam who was left in a critical state after an arrow accidentally shot her collarbone during a training session, underwent a complicated surgery on Friday, in which a 15-centimeter metal rod was removed from her body. She is said to be stable.
Gohain was brought to the AIIMS Hospital in Delhi from Dibrugarh on Thursday night. A senior doctor who operated on the youngster termed it a "complex surgery" as the arrow had pierced her collarbone, destroying a part of her neck, left lung and vertebra.
Dr. Deepak Gupta, a professor of neurosurgery at the AIIMS, led the operation on Gohain, revealed that CT scans and angiography showed that the arrow was stuck in the cervical spine, very close to the spinal cord. He added that the arrow was touching the vertebral artery that is responsible for supplying blood to the brain.
"Around 0.5 cm of the arrow was in front of the spinal cord. It was a challenging case considering the age of the child. The aluminium carbon alloy arrow had penetrated through the neck from the right side, grazed the vertebral artery on the right side, went through vertebral body and intervertebral disc to the opposite side up to the left lung," Dr Gupta explained.
Gohain, who had been training at the Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College at Chabua in Assam, was airlifted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after efforts to remove the arrow in Assam were not successful. The arrow was stuck in her neck for more than a day.
The girl was struck by the arrow shot by boys during practice, with the joint secretary of the Assam Archery Association Pulin Das blaming the freak incident to negligence by the local coaches. The Assam Archery Association has contributed INR 20,000 towards her treatment, while the Sports Authority of India mentioned that it will bear all the expenses of the treatment of Gohain.